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Plae Pakaa

St 13, corner of St. 178 | National Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 17 998 570
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Type: Performances
Owner description: Join us for the new season from June - August 2014. Plae Pakaa is an initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the... more » Owner description: Join us for the new season from June - August 2014. Plae Pakaa is an initiative by Cambodian Living Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to the transformation of Cambodia through the arts. The production features two rotating shows in an open-air theater at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. Each performance showcases a wide range of traditional performing arts. With more than Apsara dances, we offer you the chance to discover the diversity of Cambodian culture and traditional arts through dramatic and dynamic performances. In addition to giving a unique opportunity to experience Cambodian culture and arts, Cambodian Living Arts aims to empower emerging arts professionals through their development and employment. Your participation enhances our mission to transform and revitalize the country through creative expression. « less
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Melaka, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

One of my to-do-list in phnom penh was to watch the cambodia living arts' show and it was definitely up to my expectation. We went for the Saturday night show- MAK THERNG. It is a drama with subtitles available. The show was outdoor in National Museum. It was free seating and you will be directed to the seating area at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Having only been in Cambodia for a few hours I was not disappointed with seeing this show. The performances were good and the storyline/singing was easy to follow as they had subtitles on a screen above the performance. Good experience to have!

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Wow! We are so pleased to hear that you joined us just a few hours after landing (I know that is not easy). :) Thank you for committing to helping local arts and leaving your comments. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Cambodia. More

Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A classical Cambodian dance soap opera-beaustiful costumes- good dancings and a fine evening. The young actors were very well cast.

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you for your note. We are so glad you had a good evening. The artists although young are so talented and very passionate about their work. Thank you for supporting them and making the show possible! More

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I took my family to a few shows at the national museum and all have been great. Great value and a must do when visiting. Excellent standard of professionalism.

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello Benny, Thank you so much for your comment and for being a return visitor! It is so meaningful to have guest come once, moreover to come multiple times is a wonderful way to support the local arts. We really appreciate it! More

Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

What the show but especially distinguished: at the Apsaras is not all, traveling with a variety of dances by the regions, celebrations and the history of Cambodia. Here, the young dancers so full of enthusiasm and at the same time great professional that this evening will be long remembered us!

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed your evening and that it will be a lovely memory of our country. The artists really love what they do and thank you for supporting our mission to provide opportunities to showcase their talent. Melissa More

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We'd been to "cultural" shows in other countries that are too often jazzed up and westernized. This one felt like a genuine Cambodian experience. I think an underrated part of this show is that they dance to live music played by Cambodian musicians, not some CD. I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Phnom Penh. Best part: it's only... More

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello, This is excellent advice! We also have bug spray available for guests if needed because the venue is outdoors. We are so glad you were able to join us and appreciate the live music. We are so grateful to have such talented actors, actresses, dancers and musicians. Hope to see you again soon. More

Newbridge, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

At $15 a ticket for a one hour show, it is quite steep, especially for backpackers travelling here. It's a beautiful show though, very entertaining and the screens above the stage explain the dance sequences and their significance in Khmer Culture. Worth a visit if you can spare the dollars. As always, be expected to be asked for a donation... More

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello Tracey, Thank you for the feedback. CLA has a number of experiences; one that might fit a 'backpackers budget' is our Observation Tours (starting at $5) which allow you to see artists rehearse and train (email: bookings@cambodianlivingarts.org) The ticket price of Plae Pakaa goes directly back into the program which provides well-paid work for over 100 artists and cost... More

Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Enchanting dancing, particularly by the female lead dancers, makes for and extraordinary evening of entertainment. The beauty, sheer strength and physical control of the dancers is impressive. The traditional costumes, made with traditional brocaded and silk fabrics are gorgeous. it is particularly poignant to see the work of this company that is trying to revive traditional arts after 90% of... More

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello there, Thank you so much for your review and the perspective from a costume designer is so great - we really appreciate it. The attention to detail not just in the movements of the dancers but the costumes themselves is extraordinary. So glad you were able to join us and hope you got a bit of inspiration! Thanks for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

They have two different shows weekly from June - August 2014. At 7pm. On Friday is the cultural dance show. On Saturday is a theater called Mak Therng. Tickets at the door are sold at $15/adult and $6/children under 12years. Different rate for Cambodians. Tickets purchased in advance have a dollar off. Did not regret that I went for both.... More

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for supporting us and coming to both shows! They are quite different as one is a dance medley and the other is a musical drama. So we are glad you were able to experience both. I have found myself tearing up at the end of Mak Therng as well so you are not alone. :)... More

Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

good dancers and muscians - a good show with professinal performances. Staff are very friendly and willing to help.

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Melissa I, Manager at Plae Pakaa, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed the performers. Most of them are students studying the arts and we look forward to seeing what these young emerging artists have in store! More

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